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The Demise of Bouncer The Magnificent

Updated on June 28, 2013

Goodbye my beautiful little friend

Bouncer the Magnificent was put to sleep at 10.10am this morning, 4th May 2011.

Today is amongst the saddest day's for my family and I. Our beloved Bouncer was put to sleep this morning. Bouncer had suffered from cardio myopathy for the past nine months, but he was a fighter and his spirit will fight on without us.

Bouncer came to live with us twelve years ago; Gordon's mum thought he would be an ideal pet to compliment my son's hyperactive behaviour; and she was right. Susie rescued Bouncer from an abandoned house, where he had been left with four other puppies to fend for themselves when the breeders had moved out. Craig had the opportunity to choose which one of the puppies he would like and I guess both Bouncer and he chose each other.

Craig was ten at the time and he was so excited to have a dog of his own. I remember the evening in which Craig brought Bouncer home. He ran into the house with Bouncer in his arms, a bundle of brown and white fluff with the cutest black nose I had ever see. Poor Bouncer, he was jogged up and down and almost inside out in Craig's arms whilst being introduced to the family. Craig ran into his grandad's bedroom "Granda, Granda", he shouted "look what I have got, Nannie Susie bought him for me and he will sleep on my bed". My dad looked non-commitantly at the little puppy and just replied "huh. ...another dog for your mum to clean up after".

Craig was so devoted to Bouncer and Bouncer loved Craig beyond all other's. Being a springer spaniel, Bouncer needed a lot of excercise, and boy was he destructive. I can honestly say he had been the most destructive dog I have ever reared.

Nothing was sacred from Bouncers teeth. Carpets, furniture, shoes, cupboard door, door frames, Bouncer left his trade mark where ever he went. But he was so kind, and the gentlest of dogs with children. We called him the nanny dog, for he would sit so close to any child to keep him warm and would play ball for hours until he was physically exhausted. He loved the sea, and often we would sit and laugh as he ducked his head below water to retreive a ball or a stone. Or run headlong into the water before realising how deep it was to come out spluttering and coughing whilst shaking himself and covering us in water. He was a typical spaniel in as much as he had the desire to retreive, and retreive he did much to my dismay sometimes, because he would carry all manner of rubbish into the house, and leave it on the rug in front of the open fire.

Bouncer had been getting gradually sicker over the past month, and this terrible disease that had his heart in an iron grasp was beginning to take its toll on Bouncers lifestyle. Sadly I had watched him grow quieter and quieter, until he really didn't want to take his daily walk. He loved to be cuddled and to lie on the bed next to me, but it had got to the stage where he couldn't jump onto the sofa for a cuddle or onto the bed to snuggle into me. He wasn't enjoying his treats and the sparkle had gone from his eyes.

Bouncer was so courageous and fought until the very bitter end. As the vet gave him the injection this morning he looked into my eye's with a little state of panic. I held him in my arms and kissed his little brown head, he looked me straight in the face, wagged his tail and then he was gone.

A tribute to Bouncer.

Bouncer the Magnificent is now in heaven,

he was met today by Bruno and Lady.

All three amigos together again,

to chase butterflies in the fields of rye

He will look down on me tonight,

and I will feel his warm silky coat at my side,

and he will comfort these tears I have in my eyes.

Bouncer the Magnificent passed away today,

but not before he knew that I loved him,

tomorrow as my sorrow shows,

he will dance with his friends, and watch me below,

until the time comes for us to chase butterfly's together again.

I miss you my courageous little friend,

Craig has kept your collar and lead,

but I will have my precious memories to share

that no one will ever take away,

Your ashes will sit next to Bruno and Lady's when you return,

and in my heart you will never die.

memories linger forever, Sweet dreams.

Bouncer wanting to play

Waiting for his ball to be given back to him.
Waiting for his ball to be given back to him. | Source


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    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me such a comforting comment. Bouncer is always in my thoughts and as days pass, I feel a little better after the loss of him. I do miss him, the house is so cold without him, he had a fantastic personality. I still have J.P who is much more serious than Bouncer, but I am glad that he is here.

    • profile image 

      7 years ago

      dear bluestar:

      no matter how heavy the heart get, it also remembers - the special times, the funny things that he did growng up and the special bond between friends. Those things are forever, not just this life, but for eternity - so smile when you remember. And walk proud - as if he were still at your side


    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Leelee, my dear friend, I knew you would be there with a supportive hug. I miss him terribly and so does J.P but we are getting along ok. I will always have my memories and I know he walks with me every day. xx

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Sleeve? Tissue? Hankie? Oh my heart ached when you told me. I cannot believe he is gone. I can only imagine the emptiness that you feel. Oh how at times like these I wish I lived just a door away. Okay I am crying again. Love You Netts

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Maria, Thank you so much for your comment my dear friend. I am sure that Bouncer, Lady and Bruno are all together again and chasing Butterflies, well not Lady as she used to chase Bouncer's leg. lol J.P and I miss Bouncer so much, I especially miss his face at the window every time my car pulls into the driveway, and my cuddles on the sofa. Bless you for your kind words. x

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      I do so share your heartbreak. You wrote such a fine and beautiful tribute to Bouncer.

      Due to our friendship, I am whispering for my Alvin to meet up with your gang over the Rainbow Bridge and have some fun times, until we both can meet up with them! And I'm so glad you also have your precious memories to hang onto.


    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you for your kind words b. I have some beautiful memories of precious times that only Bouncer and I shared, and he will be forever in my thoughts. Our memories are so vital to us and I am so happy Bouncer shared his life with me. x

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ahh Peg, what a lovely message you left for me. Your kindness is very supportive and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Craig is so sad about the loss of Bouncer and has kept his lead and collar in the cupboard in his kitchen. He touches it and can smell Bouncer on it which is a comfort to him. Bless you my dear friend.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Sharyn, Thank you so much for your words of kindness. You are so right in saying that we feel differently about losing a well loved pet. Bouncer was my sole mate and I miss him so very much.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you Eiddwen for your comforting words. I was surprised at how easy this hub was for me to write. In some way it was a release of all the tension I had been carrying for so many months whilst Bouncer was poorly. The hub Life and Times of Bouncer the Magnificent was so much harder to write and had me in tears. I miss Bouncers little face peering out of the window when I get home each day, but deep down I know he understood my decision. As the vet gave him the injection I held his little head in my hands and kissed his nose goodbye, he looked into my eyes and wagged his tail for the last time and then he was gone.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      My darling Epi, I truly am honoured to have you as my friend. You are a pleasure to know, kind, witty and very sincere. Thank you so much for your kindness. x

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Memories linger for Ever...How Beautiful and true. Thanks for a sad and happy Tribute to Bouncer. So sorry for your loss...But you were the best Master or Mistress, he could have Barked for! LOL.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      My dear bluestar, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You did the right thing. They depend on us to look after them and we must when the time comes, do what is needed. What a wonderful story of Bouncer's life that you told. I love the bouncing puppy and Craig's enthusiasm showing off the new pup to Granda. You had me in tears at the end. What a gorgeous dog he was. Know that you are in my thoughts and I'm hoping the fond memories will remain in yours. xxoo Peg

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      My thoughts are with you Blue. Losing a beloved pet is so painful. It is a different type of loss than any other. Hold on tight to your beautiful memories.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Oh Bluestar,

      I should imagine that there is many a tear in everybody's eyes after reading this one.

      I have been at this point many a time and the only comfort I can bring is to say that he has left you with so many happy memories and he is now at peace.They are not just pets are they ?? No they are very important members of ur families.

      Take care and God Bless Bluestar.


    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago can't begin to know how incredibly sorry I am for you my dear BLUESTAR - as you know my two best friends are my cats - Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel - and for someone who dosen't have any family in this world - that is a big big deal because they are MY family.

      Just remember one thing - Bouncer had a lot of love in this world because of you and your family - and it's better to have had love then not at all!

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Bill I can always trust your judgement, and also that large heart of yours. It is such a comfort to know that you are only a mail away. Thank you so much x

      I am sorry that you had to make the decision for Zoe, and we have to be brave, but as you so rightly say, it is very painful.

    • WillStarr profile image


      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We had to put our beloved yellow lab, Zoe, down last October. She had cancer.

      She trusted me above all others and I was the one who nodded to the vet to proceed. I know it was the right (only!) thing to do, but I still felt like an old friend who had betrayed a trust.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Bill, yes I know it was the best thing to do, but why the hell do I feel so bad? Thank you my friend for the support x

    • WillStarr profile image


      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You did the right thing, but it so painful, isn't it?

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Bobbi, yes I am afraid we do get very attached to our animals, and they are as precious as family. Bouncer was a loyal and loving little character, and I shall miss him terribly.

    • BobbiRant profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      This made me cry. We had to put our beloved cocker spaniel to sleep 2 years ago. I cried for days. I'm so sorry for your loss. They truly are part of our family.


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